Simon Donnelly admits surprise Celtic haven't signed John McGinn

Celtic's head coach Brendan Rodgers talks during a press conference in Brussels on September 26, 2017 on the eve of the Champions League group B) football match against RSC Anderlecht.

Former Celtic ace Simon Donnelly believes that John McGinn would be perfect for Brendan Rodgers' side.

John McGinn of Hibernian in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Former Celtic ace Simon Donnelly has suggested, in comments reported by the Evening Times, that he cannot believe that the Hoops have not signed John McGinn yet as he appears to be the perfect successor for Scott Brown at Parkhead.

McGinn's reputation has been enhanced significantly during his time at Easter Road, and he is arguably one of the very best players in the Scottish Premiership, including those currently plying their trade for one of the Old Firm sides.

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Celtic's head coach Brendan Rodgers talks during a press conference in Brussels on September 26, 2017 on the eve of the Champions League group B) football match against RSC Anderlecht.

The 23-year-old proved a further point this week as he put in an excellent performance during Scotland's friendly with Hungary that gave Alex McLeish his first win in his second spell as national team boss.

And Donnelly admitted that he cannot understand why Celtic have not made their move to sign McGinn from Hibs yet as he would benefit enormously from working alongside Scott Brown before establishing himself as the midfielder's successor at Parkhead.

Celtic Captain Scott Brown receives applause from the Celtic fans as he walks from the pitch after being substituted late in the second half during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match...

“I’m surprised that Celtic didn’t have a sniff at him in the January transfer window, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up there,” Donnelly said, as reported by the Evening Times. “[Callum] McGregor and John McGinn for me have been the two best players this season in midfield.

“Scott Brown still has a lot to offer there, and with him retiring from Scotland, I can see him playing on there. But who better to go in and learn from playing alongside than him? He’s that kind of player, he has that aggression, he’s tenacious and he can play a bit."

It would make a lot of sense for Brendan Rodgers to make a move for McGinn this summer as it appears to be a matter of time before the interest in him intensifies.

Not only would that send the price-tag up considerably, but it may also make Celtic a less tempting option for the midfielder if he has several opportunities put in front of him. If Rodgers does want to make McGinn Brown's long-term successor, then perhaps a bid should be placed imminently.

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